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Lower Back above Right Glute Pain

brokenmarkbbrokenmark Posts: 1
edited 07/09/2015 - 2:40 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi guys
I suspect like many I am a new poster on here looking for some kind of guidance as to what the hell is wrong with my back.
Basic info, I'm very active training multiple times a day 4 to 5 days a week, I do a lot of oly lifts and squats. My flexibility should be better and is something I have been working on, mostly really tight gastrocnemius muscles.
I've felt a slight tightness in my lower back right hand side around L1-5 so eased off but yesterday I went for a couple heavy lifts, I experienced no pain at the time but as the day has went on when ever I sit down (unless with perfect posture) I experience pain that starts at a 5 out of 10 and rapidly starts to build (until I correct my posture) just above my hip on the right hand side.
My first concerns (fearing the worst) was it could be a buldging disc, but I cant feel anything out of place, I dont have much discomfort when walking, nor do I have any shooting pains down my leg .

Could anyone offer some advice as to what this may be before I go and spend a small fortune at the pyhsio
Thank you in advance

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  • Hi. Even the worst of herniated discs can't be felt from the outside of our bodies. The only way to tell if a disc has been damaged is to have a specialist study your MRI. Extreme exercise often causes strain which goes away on its own. Ice, heat, hot Epsom salt baths, OTC creams & meds can all help. Unfortunately that kind of exercise can also cause a lot of damage. I'd definitely lay off for a while, even if symptoms go away fast. Please give your body a chance to rest & heal. Gentle exercise & stretches for a while. If it gets worse or persists of course go to your doc & start getting diagnostics.

    Have you ever had a trainer or a good course of physical therapy (I'd recommend that for anyone with a weakness/trouble there). I've done a lot of PT over the years. Laying there I've head countless patients coming in & describing a similar workout routine. I know for many lifting, body building etc is a passion but the long term damage that can be caused by doing 'unnatural' exercise is terrifying. I'm a chronic pain sufferer & will be for life. I'm bias. I don't think that anything you do in a gym is worth living with this pain. I'm also bias because my physical therapist is completely against all forms of extreme exercise & I've heard the lecture many times.

    I hope it is just a strain & will go with rest & care. This could be a wake-up call. 'No pain, No gain' makes any chronic spine sufferer roll their eyes! Please listen to your body in future.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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